Participatory Planning in Organic Solid Waste Management: A Backcasting Approach

  • Roberta Sisto
  • Edgardo Sica
  • Mariarosaria Lombardi
  • Maurizio Prosperi


The valorisation of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) represents a relevant matter for local governments that may result in significant economic and environmental benefits. In particular, defining the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly OFMSW management strategy should be based upon the active involvement of local stakeholders in order to allow policymakers to take into account all possible environmental, social, technological, and financial OFMSW-related problems. In this framework the present chapter aims at outlining a long-term management plan for OFMSW in the case of the south-eastern Italian municipality of Foggia. To this end we have employed an adapted participatory backcasting experiment based upon a double-step procedure. By means of a focus group with experts on OFMSW management issues at the municipal level, we firstly identified the desired end point and the relative expected obstacles and opportunities. These were then discussed during a workshop organised with a group of local stakeholders, who identified and proposed all possible actions to be carried out in the short, medium, and long term to reach the identified end point. Such a participatory approach should contribute to reducing the bounded rationality and the subjectivity affecting decision-making processes as well as to broaden the knowledge base and to achieve a greater transparency in the definition of OFMSW management strategies.


Waste management Participatory approach Long-Term strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Sisto
    • 1
  • Edgardo Sica
    • 1
  • Mariarosaria Lombardi
    • 1
  • Maurizio Prosperi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Star*Energy GroupUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly
  2. 2.Department of the Sciences of Agriculture, Food, and EnvironmentUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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